Conor Daly raced hard with glimpses that that made him a star in the Road to Mazda circuit most of the time.
Despite running closer to the Top 10, his day brought down early through a mechanical problem with ten laps left at Road America.
He started off from a respectable 15th spot at the start of his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut.
There’s not much progress made as he completed the opening segment at the same spot he started.
Although, when he pitted during the first stage, it took a bit more time than expected because of Matt Tifft pitting in front of him.
Hence, Daly had difficulties entering his pit stall.
Nevertheless, he restarted the 2nd Stage from 12th where he’s quiet for this entire stage which allowed him to finish 11th at the halfway mark.
But again, his woes in pit road continues to suffer when he lost some positions en route to the next restart.
Daly ‘s No.6 Ford Mustang continues to thrive from 15th to 11th thanks to the wave around via yellow on Lap 28.
Then despite a great run, something has gone wrong with ten laps to go.
Only a mechanical fault just sent him back to pit road and later ended his day early in 31st.
- One Start
- 35 of 45 Laps Completed, 77.8%
- Average Start: 15 & Finish: 31
- DNF: One (Suspension).
Conor Daly has demonstrated plenty of driving ability that replicates his rise from the open wheel days.
He and the No.6 crew worked so hard keeping themselves in the Top 15 or closer to the Top 10 for 30-35 laps.
It’s only the beginning that Daly can keep himself in the mix and grab at least a Top 10 place at the checkered flag.
But the mechanical fault suspected in the No.6 Ford Mustang with ten laps left saw his car shut down.
And you got to feel sorry for Daly who’s on his first foray trying his hand in stock cars.
Though it’s a great learning experience to open another career path in racing after the years, he chased across IndyCars and Junior Formula in Europe.
People want to see more of Daly’s incredible ability on track in NASCAR just like he did most of the race.
Road Courses isn’t one thing he’s keen on right now.
There are different types on ovals that Daly loves to experience such as D-shaped ovals, short tracks & superspeedways.
Look at how Ryan Preece did from driving a low-budget team for many years to racing the best be can in a top quality car at Joe Gibbs Racing.
And people say Preece should get a full-time ride.
The same said in the eyes of the 26-year old from Noblesville, Indiana.
And it’s the beginning that Roush Fenway Racing should stick by him for an extended opportunity.
It could happen either later this year or a part-time deal in 2019.
Never mind him racing in a black paint scheme after Lilly Diabetes pulled off sponsorship due to his father’s expose from the 80s.
The chances of Daly furthering his ambitions in NASCAR should increase here for the long-haul.
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- Statistics & Image: Racing Reference